Obituaries
January 27, 2005 Issue

Joe L. Brown
Mr. Joe L. Brown of Wadley died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005.

The funeral was Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel in Wadley with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating. Burial was in San Clair Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Williams Brown, Wadley; three daughters, Angie Bostic, Atlanta, Lisa Anna Williams, Jacksonville, Fla., and Teresa Brown, Lakeland, Fla.; one son, Rex Brown, Dacula; five sisters, Eliza Evans and Louise Marshall, Brooklyn, N.Y., Arnita Rogers, Juanita Brown and Nellie Brown, Savannah; three brothers, Anthony Brown and James Brown, Jacksonville, and John Brown, Savannah; and six grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Thomas E. "Red" Buchanan
Mr. Thomas E. "Red" Buchanan, 91, of Waynesboro died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005.

Mr. Buchanan, a native of Talbot County, moved to Louisville in 1949. He was a hardware salesman for 35 years and served as Mayor of Louisville for 16 years and was chairman of the Jefferson County Commission for 23 years. He was a member of the Louisville United Methodist Church for over 53 years where he was a former Sunday School Superintendent, a former member of the Administrative Board, the church choir and former delegate to the South Georgia Conference. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Louisville Stonewall Lodge #98 F&AM. He was a resident of Burke County for the last 17 years.

The funeral was Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at Louisville United Methodist Church with Dr. David Carter and the Rev. Pat Mahan officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ouida G. Buchanan, Waynesboro; a daughter, Penny Lindsey, Hinesville; a brother, Alvin Buchanan, Milledgeville; a stepson, W.C. Wilkerson, Dublin; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew.

Pallbearers were Tommy New, Murray Hadden, Wynder Smith, Sammy Grant, Tommy Smith and Sidney Norton.

Memorials may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 269, Louisville, GA 30434 or Waynesboro United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 420, Waynesboro, GA 30830.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


O.C. Hawkins Jr.
Rev. O.C. Hawkins Jr., 81, of Mitchell died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rev. Hawkins, a native of Glascock County, farmed for many years. He was an Army Veteran of WWII where he received a Purple Heart for his service. He was a pastor of the First Church of God in Edgehill and a school bus driver for 26 years.

The funeral was Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Edgehill First Church with the Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Mathis Hawkins; one son, Tommy and Mary Ann Hawkins, Wrens; two daughters, Janice and Charles Thompson, Evans, and Donna and Dwain Pittman, Mitchell; two brothers, Jamie Hawkins Sr., Gibson, and Ronnie Hawkins, St. Louis; one sister, Jessie Sue Sammons, Gibson; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Thompson, Michael Thompson, Gregory Hawkins, Gary Hawkins, David Hawkins, Jamie Hawkins Jr., Kevin Reese and Ricky Phillips.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


John Charles Heath
Mr. John Charles Heath, 57, of Livingston, Tenn., died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005.

Mr. Heath, a native of Jefferson County, was a graduate of Louisville Academy. He attended Georgia Tech and graduated from Georgia State University. He earned his law degree at Emory University. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston, the Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers, Tennessee Trial Lawyers, Overton County Bar Association and the Overton County Lions Club. He is predeceased by his father, William Estill Heath, and a brother, William Heath.

The funeral was Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Livingston with the Rev. Donald Cobb officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Wright Heath; sons Andy Heath, Nashville, Tenn., and Ryan Heath, Livingston; his mother, Cornelia Heath, Elizabethton, Tenn.; and a sister, Roslyn LaDuke, Johnson City, Tenn.

Speck Funeral Home, Livingston, Tenn., was in charge of the arrangements.


Ernesto Hernandez
Mr. Ernesto Hernandez, 38, of Wrens died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005.

A vigil service was held Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Road Chapel. Burial will take place at a later date in Tejas, Mexico.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley C. Hernandez; children, Freddie Hernandez, Chicago, Ill., Sonya, Angel, Iban, Ernesto Jr. Hernendaz, Mexico; Cheryl Smith, Lewis Smith Jr., James Smith and Johnny Smith, Wrens; parents, Juan and Marcelina Hernandez, Mexico; brothers, Roman and Irineo Hernandez, Grovetown, and Octavio Hernandez, Augusta; and sisters, Olivia, Aida and Catalina Hernandez, Mexico.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Road Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.


Linda Waters McDonald Marsh
Mrs. Linda Waters McDonald Marsh, 51, of Vidalia died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005.

Mrs. Marsh, a native of Toombs County, was a waitress at Captains Corner Restaurant in Vidalia and was a member of Pendleton Community Church.

The funeral was Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Murchison Funeral Home with the Rev. Wade McBride, Rev. Gary Roberson, Rev. Morris Brantley and Rev. Kelmer Durden officiating. Burial was in Waters Cemetery near Normantown.

Survivors include her husband, Donald P. Marsh, Swainsboro; two daughters, Amanda McDonald Williamson, Vidalia, and Alisa McDonald Papp, Guyton; one son, Blake McDonald, Augusta; one stepson, Donald I. Marsh, Swainsboro; one stepdaughter, Crystal Rena Marsh Phillips, Sandersville; her parents, Eugene and Geneva Waters, Vidalia; one brother, Gary Waters, Vidalia; three grandchildren and one nephew.

Murchison Funeral Home, Vidalia, was in charge of the arrangements.


William "Butch" Walker Jr.
Mr. William "Butch" Walker Jr., 56, of Louisville died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Walker, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the St. Matthews AME Church and a retired cement finisher.

The funeral was Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew AME Church with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial was in the Louisville Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Walker, Louisville; his sons, Nicholas Ambrose Walker, Augusta, and William Walker III, Waynesboro; his father, William Walker Sr., Louisville; siblings, Ida Lee Mack, Mary Nell Mack, Willie Eva Davis and Raymond Walker, all of Louisville; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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